Saint Paul votes to restrict sale of flavored tobacco, raise price of cigars

he City Council voted unanimously to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products to adult-only tobacco stores and increase the minimum price for single cigars to $2.60 each. All cigars sold in packages of four or less must be priced at $2.60 each, while cigars packaged at four or more must be at least $10.40.

CDC: Adult smoking rate at a historic low

The Centers for Disease Control announced today that the adult smoking rate has dropped, continuing a six-year downward trend. According to the National Health Interview Survey, the current adult smoking rate is now 15.2 percent, down from 16.8 percent in 2014. The national smoking rate peaked in 1965, when about 42 percent of adults were… Continue reading CDC: Adult smoking rate at a historic low

Minnesota Legislative Update

The Minnesota Legislature is in full swing and several tobacco -related bills have been introduced. Bills under consideration: S.F. 1836: Sen. Hayden (D-Minneapolis) authored this bill that would allocate funding for the Minnesota Department of Health to partner with community organizations to evaluate and develop strategies to address the high use of menthol cigarettes among… Continue reading Minnesota Legislative Update

YouTube Tobacco Commercials Target African American Youth

Tobacco companies have a long history of targeting African Americans with their media messages.  These efforts to target African Americans have resulted in tragic health disparities.  Today, African Americans suffer disproportionately from tobacco-related death and disease.  Brands like Newport and KOOL have been particularly successful in targeting African Americans.  A new generation of tobacco companies… Continue reading YouTube Tobacco Commercials Target African American Youth